01 Apr 2021

Re-opening plans confirmed

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the country can begin a careful move back towards normality, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that if the roadmap stays as it is currently, we will be opening the Wing and car park from Wednesday 19 May.

Initially the building will only be open from Wednesday to Sunday, although it will operate within its usual opening hours of 10am to 5pm. The exterior features of the site itself are always accessible using the small pedestrian gate to the right of the main gates.

The Trust is determined to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe and so covid-19 precautions will continue to apply. Visitors are asked to keep to a two metre social distance and to wear masks inside the building, except when eating and drinking in the Cockpit Café or if they show a proof of exemption certificate.

The Scramble Experience will be open for booked visits, beginning on the hour every hour and allowing time for staff to clean down the equipment after each group has visited.

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9 Mar 2021

New webinar added to spring series

Trust Secretary Patrick Tootal, who launched our current series of webinars with his recollections of life as an Air Attaché in Madrid and a Defence Attaché in Buenos Aires, has agreed to deliver a second presentation to our growing audience of online enthusiasts. Following Patrick’s tales of life as a diplomat, which he delivered in […]… Read more

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1 Mar 2021

Welcome donation from sponsored runners

Sponsored runners who covered an impressive 80-plus miles to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain last year have handed over very welcome donations to two Kent charities. Author and top Battle of Britain Memorial Trust supporter Jonny Cracknell was joined by Chris Marsh and Chris Scott and supported by Driver Iain Willis […]… Read more

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25 Feb 2021

Another great webinar – with more to come!

Another impressive online audience enjoyed a second fascinating talk by Dilip Sarkar MBE when he presented a webinar based on his book Battle of Britain 1940: The Finest Hour’s Human Cost on Wednesday. Almost 200 people signed up to the talk, which took a broad look at those who lost their lives during the conflict, […]… Read more

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11 Feb 2021

Don’t miss Dilip’s next fascinating talk

Top Battle of Britain author Dilip Sarkar will be presenting another fascinating talk when he entertains an online audience on Wednesday 24 February. Dilip began the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s spring series of webinars with a well-received talk entitled Letters from the Few at the end of January. He gave a large online audience […]… Read more

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29 Jan 2021

Big online response to talk on the Few

Top aviation author Dilip Sarkar entertained a large online audience with fascinating tales of the Few when he delivered the first in our series of online talks. Dilip became the personal friend of many of the Few while researching his books about the Battle of Britain, and his talk was illustrated by a number of […]… Read more

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15 Jan 2021

Book now for the first of our 2021 webinars

We’re getting very excited about the first of our 2021 webinars, which will feature top aviation author Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS. Dilip has promised to deliver a very personal talk based on the many friendships he made with members of the Few over the years. His online presentation, entitled I Knew the Few, on Wednesday […]… Read more

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5 Jan 2021

New year – new excitement

A new series of webinars is set to kick off the new year in style for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. After a successful launch webinar at the end of last year by Trust Secretary Patrick Tootal, who spoke of his life as a diplomat in a fascinating talk entitled Don’t Cry For Me, […]… Read more

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11 Nov 2020

From undercover ops to a bloody uprising – a diplomat’s story

Undercover operations, military uprisings and royal visits were part of Battle of Britain Memorial Trust Secretary Patrick Tootal’s daily life during the last of his 33 years’ service with the Royal Air Force. Now Patrick plans to tell the story of his life as a diplomat in a special online presentation via the Zoom platform […]… Read more

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